Branford Boase Children's Debut Prize Branford Boase Children's Debut Prize

Stop Press.... 2016 Winners Announced. The Branford Boase Award is awarded annually for an outstanding first novel to a first-time writer of a book for young people, from ages 7 upwards. At the same time, it marks the important contribution of the editor in identifying and nurturing new talent. Previous winners and shortlisted authors include Meg Rosoff, Philip Reeve, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Patrick Ness.

Reader ReviewedMy Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Children's Book of the Year, The British Book Industry Awards 2016 - Overall winner of Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016 - Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. July 2015 Debut of the Month Oh the anguish! Luke is a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Stone Rider
David Hofmeyr
Adam Stone wants freedom and peace. He wants a chance to escape Blackwater, the dust-bowl desert town he grew up in. Most of all, he wants the beautiful Sadie Blood. Alongside Sadie and the dangerous outsider, Kane, Adam will ride... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedTime Travelling with a Hamster
Ross Welford
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Story | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Shortlisted for The... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones
Will Mabbitt
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. One of our Books of the Year 2015 - June 2015 Debut of the Month Mabel Jones is sleeping soundly when a sudden noise wakes her up. It's Omynus Hussh, silent loris and pirate,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot
Horatio Clare
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Winner of The Branford Boase Award 2016. One of our Books of the Year 2015. This is a special and unusual book. It features some beautiful writing, and conjures up the sights, sounds... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Art of Being Normal
Lisa Williamson
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. Winner of the Older Fiction category of The Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016. This is a sensitive, often funny and thoroughly engaging story of... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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Winner Horatio Clare with his editor Penny Thomas from Firefly Press accepting their award from Chris Riddell on 7 July 2016.

Henrietta Branford was a gifted novelist for young people. During her short career she won the Smarties Prize in 1994 for Dimanche Diller (Harper Collins) and the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1998 for Fire, Bed and Bone (Walker Books); she was twice shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize, in 1994 and 1997. Her progress and development as a writer was watched with interest by publishers, critics and fellow writers alike.

Wendy Boase, Editorial Director of Walker Books, and one of its founders, was a passionate children's book editor wholly committed to developing new writers and nursing them through their early writing careers. She is credited with bringing on many new talents. She and Henrietta worked together on a number of her books, a partnership that was warmly appreciated by Henrietta.

Both Henrietta and Wendy died of cancer in early 1999. The Branford Boase Award wishes to celebrate and encourage, in their names and in their memories, the crucial early development of new writing talent.

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Julia Eccleshare says: “UK children’s publishers are more eager than ever to find and nurture talented new authors and this is an extremely exciting shortlist. ...They are all distinguished by the quality of the writing, the author’s ability to control plot and create character, and by an originality of approach.”

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For more information on the Branford Boase Award visit www.branfordboaseaward.org.uk

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